CMS is soliciting feedback from ESRD stakeholders on anything and everything they would like to see improved about ESRD treatment. Submit your comments by February 1, 2022 at https://www.regulations.gov/commenton/CMS-2021-0184-0001, choosing “End Stage Renal Disease Facilities – HPA20” as your response to the “What is your comment about?” question.
Find the CMS Request for Information at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/12/03/2021-26146/request-for-information-health-and-safety-requirements-for-transplant-programs-organ-procurement. The full title of the Request includes not just transplant programs and OPOs, but “and End-Stage Renal Disease Facilities.” This Request page includes specific questions about transplant programs and their Conditions of Participation (“COPS”), patient rights, organ donations, tissue transplants, general kidney health, home dialysis, alternative types and settings for dialysis, alternative models of care, processes and policies for organs and donors, and nephrology joint ventures, including whether a nephrologist’s partial ownership of a dialysis facility should be disclosed to patients, and whether that ownership has “an impact on resource use, patient care, and/or choice of modality.”
The ESRD 5-Diamond Patient Safety Program, assisting dialysis facilities to improve both staff and patient awareness of specific patient safety areas, promoting patient safety values, and building a culture of patient safety in every dialysis facility, https://5diamondpatientsafety.org/Home.aspx. The Program includes a COVID-19 Module.
KCER will present a July 16, 2020 webinar for dialysis facilities on The Basics of Preparing an After-Action Report for an Incident or Disaster. The webinar presents KCER’s template for After-Action Reports (“AAR”) and includes instructions for meeting the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule for dialysis facilities, and specific guidance for AARs on your response to COVID-19. Find more information in the flyer below. Click HERE to register. Contact KCER at firstname.lastname@example.org questions or assistance.
An AAR describes an event or process that for any reason you needed or wanted to respond to or improve, how you responded, your evaluation of the effectiveness of your response, and any improvements you recommend for “next time,” or to complete or enhance your response to the current issue.
Patient and Family Centered Care Partners will present a June 26, 2020 webinar on Co-Designing Through The Crisis At The Sharp End. It will feature description of a state-wide patient engagement process set up by the Connecticut Hospital Association that involved patient and family representatives in the design of healthcare down to the bedside level, using QI processes we know well, such as rapid-cycle trials of potential improvements and state-wide spread of successes. Find more details and register at https://pfccpartners.com/workshops/. You’ll also find a link to archived PFCCpartners webinars there.
“CMS will not count data from January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 (Q1-Q2) for performance or payment programs. Data does not need to be submitted to CMS for this time period… No data reflecting services provided January 1, 2020 through June 30, 2020 will be used in CMS’s calculations for the Medicare quality reporting… programs. This is being done to reduce the data collection and reporting burden on providers responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“Dialysis facilities should be aware of the potential subsequent impact to a facility’s total performance score (TPS) when data are excluded from score calculations. Facilities impacted by COVID-19 may elect to opt out of the CMS granted exception by emailing the request to the ESRD QIP at email@example.com. The email must be sent by the dialysis facility’s chief executive officer (CEO) or designee. We are requesting that a dialysis facility make this request within 90 days of March 22, 2020. For further assistance regarding the ESRD QIP information contained in this message, please contact the ESRD QIP at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
We’ve published our Patient Newsletters for Winter 2020. They feature articles on treatment options, flu shots, grievances, access to care, how to stay informed by the Network, and how to help the Network improve patient care. Find them at:
AAKP’s Center for Patient Research & Education (https://aakp.org/center-for-patient-research-and-education/research/) is collaborating with the FDA to foster engagement with patients, caregivers, and patient advocates throughout the development, evaluation and surveillance of medical devices in order to gain insight from patients and caregivers about their experiences living with their diseases as well as experiences with medical devices intended to diagnose and treat their medical conditions. To further this effort, AAKP asks members to take a brief anonymous survey about the devices you have used. Find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GGTZNKX.